Taste of Japan Bike Tours

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ride. eat. learn.

What if we told you Japan is more than its big cities, the bright neon lights, and cutting-edge robots?

That you don’t have to settle for superficial activities and floating blithely from one destination to the next?

If you’re ready to cut through the noise, we’ll show you a side of Japan that’s down-to-earth and comfortably localized.

Get closer to the people, culture, and history with bike tours that strike the perfect balance between riding and dining. Led by local bilingual cycling guides, our carefully crafted itineraries enable travelers like yourself to experience authentic local lifestyles, customs, and cuisine.

Immerse yourself in the culture and interact with the people – you’ll never forget your bike journey with the very people who call Japan “home”. 

path to inari shrine
Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi bridge Shimanami Kaido

nagano strong

Enjoy the best of autumn in Japan’s outdoor playground as we cycle 230km and climb more than 3,300m

Designed to make the most of the fall foliage, cooler temperatures, and Nagano’s beautiful outdoors, Nagano Strong is all about getting strong on the bike in Nagano. 

Structured towards intermediate level cyclists and triathletes, it’s a blockbuster training weekend to begin ramping down for the season…or ramping up for the winter!

dates

October 9-11, 2020

duration

3 days / 2 nights

Onomichi to Imabari Bridge Map
Credit: Hiroshima Cycling

Shimanami and Beyond

Bike tours that start on the Shimanami Kaido before venturing into explorations of western Japan

From the southern coast in Hiroshima Prefecture, pedal past emerald rice fields and through the mountainous heartland before concluding on the northern coast of Shimane Prefecture.

dates

2020…Oct
2021…May

duration

9 days / 8 nights

Ride along the stunning blue shades of the Shimanami Kaido, visit five castles instrumental to Japanese feudal society, and find your zen among Kyoto’s shrines, temples, and monuments steeped in solemn elegance.

dates

2020…Nov
2021…April, June

duration

9 days / 8 nights

Photo of a single ninja in black garb

Bask in the outdoors as we pedal along the Shimanami Kaido and Lake Biwa. Learn the history of Japan through ninjas and immerse yourself in cultural experiences. Tickle your palate as we dive into a dazzling array of Japanese cuisine.

dates

2021…April

duration

9 days / 8 nights

surf and turf

Cyclists admiring a bridge on the Shimanami Kaido

In this Taste of Japan bike tour, we’ll meet at Onomichi, an old commercial port city in Hiroshima Prefecture that will jumpstart our two-day journey on the Shimanami Kaido. We’ll follow the distinct blue bike lane southbound, crossing bridge after bridge towards Imabari, a city in Ehime Prefecture known for its shipbuilding and maritime industry facilities. On our way, we’ll explore the small islands scattered across the Setouchi Sea and visit the unique places that make this bike route so famous – and stunningly beautiful.

After crossing the world’s longest suspension bridge, we’ll stay one night at Imabari before hopping on a bus to Hiroshima. Take in the two-day reprieve from the bicycles as we visit the iconic vermillion torii gate and Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima. We’ll board a tram to the top of the sacred Mt. Misen and take a short hike around for some gorgeous views. The next day, guests can use their free time to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome for a somber historical reflection.

We’ll commence the second half of our trip by making our way to Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi Prefecture then hopping back on the saddle to Hagi in Shimane Prefecture. An exploratory stop at Akiyoshidai National Park, known for unique limestone pinnacles dotting the landscape, will break up our longest ride of the tour.

From Hagi’s castle town district, we’ll head to Tsuwano where you’ll have options for sake sampling and a leisurely walk through historic Japanese townscapes or hiking through the hundreds of bright red torii gates leading up a mountainous path to Taikodani Inari Shrine.

what makes us different

Authentic Experiences

Thoughtful itineraries tapping into local expertise, highlighting off-the-beaten-path spots, and interaction with the community.

Real Food

Taste delicious familiars, savor seasonal favorites, and sample a range of regional dishes you wouldn't find back home.

Local Experts

Our cycling tour guides possess the local knowledge and cultural insight to provide meaningful context and value to your tour.

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sake brewery

private tours

Taste of Japan Bike Tours is open to all cyclists – solo, couples, and small groups. In fact, the majority of our guests join us alongside teammates, friends, or family.

We understand that coordinating multiple members of a group within the limitations of a pre-determined schedule and itinerary can be challenging. For this reason, groups are encouraged to inquire about private cycling tours. As an added bonus, groups of eight or more will receive a discount per person.

Our team will do our best to create a bike tour to match rider levels and group preferences. Gunning for distance? Want to take things easy? Got a bucket list? Don’t really know what you want? From planning to execution, start to finish, we’ve got you covered.

Want to talk to us? Contact us using the inquiry form below.

inquiries

tonomachi street
water source hall

自転車が大好きなあなたに、さらに本当の日本を知ってもらいたい。自転車で走りっぱなしではなく、このツアーは観光とサイクリングが半々で、特にその地元でしか食べられない、旬な食材、人気のメニューを我々日本人のフードコンシェルジュが厳選したメニューをお召し上がりいただきます。

サイクリングコースは、本州から四国にある瀬戸内海の島々を自転車専用道路で渡るしまなみ海道をベースに、海のほかにテーマを決めてオススメ3コースを用意しています。海+山、海+古都(歴史)、海+お城とご自分の好み、見たいもの、興味があるものから選ぶことができます。途中少し大きな街によって、サイクリングの代わりに観光や買い物なども楽しめるスケジュールを作っています。

皆さんをご案内するスタッフは、プロの日本人サイクリングガイドが日本人にしかわからない日本をご案内サイクリング以外の移動も電車やバスなど公共交通機関を利用して、日本文化を知ることができます。

ガイドのほか、メカニック、SAGワゴンドライバー、フードコンシェルジュが皆様のお世話をします。

 

What if we told you Japan is more than its big cities, the bright neon lights, and cutting-edge robots? That you don’t have to settle for superficial activities and floating blithely from one destination to the next? If you’re ready to cut through the noise, we’ll show you a side of Japan that’s down-to-earth and comfortably localized.

Get closer to the people, culture, and history with bike tours that strike the perfect balance between riding and eating. Led by local bilingual cycling guides, our carefully crafted itineraries enable travelers like yourself to experience authentic local lifestyles, customs, and cuisine. Immerse yourself in the culture and interact with the people – you’ll never forget your bike journey with the very people who call Japan “home”.  

Join us for a real taste of Japan.

Shimanami and beyond

・Coast to Coast
・Tale of Five Castles
・Treasures of the West

…more coming soon

start your journey

ride. eat. repeat.